Lumber Yard Bar to be part of ‘Bush Bash’ benefit for fires in Australia

January 16th, 2020 at 2:01 pm Posted in How to Help, White Center news | No Comments »

Just announced, a benefit for Australia’s bushfire victims, with White Center’s Lumber Yard Bar participating:


When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8 P.M.

Where: queer/bar, Diesel, R Place, and The Lumber Yard Bar

Australia Day is usually when Aussies around the globe celebrate their unique culture, wildlife, and country, but this year, as the bush fires continue to rage, they’re turning the public holiday into a day of action. This is no exception for the Australian community and friends over 8,000 miles away in Seattle,. Always working to better improve the local LGBTQ community, and the greater Seattle area as a whole, a group of well-known queer bars throughout the city are uniting by donating a generous amount of money to the Australian Community’s Disaster Relief Fund while also holding a fun-filled evening of specialty Tito’s drinks, chances to further donate, and, of course, the musical offerings of Australian Queen Kylie Minogue and more favorites from Down Under. Participating bars will also have a koala on display with a QR code for bar patrons to make further donations, and revelers can also keep an eye out for one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence working the bars.

We’re asking for Seattle’s LGBTQA+ community to come out in full force on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8 P.M. and support participating establishments: queer/bar, Diesel, The Lumber Yard Bar, and R Place.

Record-breaking temperatures and a severe drought have created unimaginable conditions in the country. Some 28 people have lost their lives, an estimated 15.6 million acres of bush, forest, and parks have been burned, and an inconceivable 1 billion animals have died. Rehab and relief will take the continent decades and unimaginable funds are needed. The Australian Community’s Disaster Relief Fund () distributes funds to various organizations and charities working directly on the ground in Australia all while allowing US citizens to make tax-deductible donations.

The Lumber Yard Bar is at 9619 16th SW.

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LEGISLATURE: 34th District Sen. Joe Nguyen’s emissions bill passes

January 15th, 2020 at 3:42 pm Posted in Environment, Politics, White Center news | 2 Comments »

News release from Olympia:

The Washington State Senate voted today to provide a more direct pathway for zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) production in the state.

Sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center), Senate Bill 5811 authorizes the state Department of Ecology to adopt California’s ZEV regulations and includes medium-duty vehicles in ZEV standards.

“As we look across the world and see the devastating effects of a changing climate, it’s important to understand that this is a crisis affecting us today,” said Nguyen. “We should be using every tool we have to reduce the harm we are experiencing and to protect our future generations. Devastating events like the wildfires raging in Australia are warning of a future that we should be working to prevent now.”

Building off work accomplished in the past two years that Democrats have controlled the state Legislature, the bill is another step forward in advancing environmental goals in Washington. Last session, Democrats passed a sweeping range of bills to protect environmental health, including orca recovery, toxic cleanup investments and 100% clean energy by 2045.

“This is a common-sense solution to address an ongoing problem,” said Nguyen. “Creating a clear path for zero emissions vehicles in Washington state is a step towards lowering the greenhouse gas emissions produced by our transportation sector and reducing air pollution.”

Having passed the Senate on a 26-23 vote, the bill will now move to the House for consideration.

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SCHOOLS: Tuesday morning White Center info

January 14th, 2020 at 5:57 am Posted in Schools, Snow, White Center news | No Comments »

The snow moved further south this time. So we have:

(updated 7:48 am) HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Now *closed* today

HOLY FAMILY: 2-hour delay

In Burien:

(updated 7 am) KENNEDY CATHOLIC HS: Now *closed* today

Got a change? Text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

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SCHOOLS: Monday morning White Center info

January 13th, 2020 at 6:00 am Posted in Schools, White Center news | No Comments »

The expected snow had uneven effects on our region, to say the least. But just in case you’re wondering:

*Highline Public Schools, opening on time, no changes
*Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, opening 2 hours late

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WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch for Sunday pm

January 11th, 2020 at 4:53 pm Posted in Weather, White Center news | No Comments »

The National Weather Service now has our area under a Winter Storm Watch starting at 4 pm Sunday. The topline: “Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of a trace to 2 inches possible with locally up to 4 inches.” Let us know when it starts where you are! (206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline, text or voice.)

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THURSDAY: Enjoy baked potatoes and tacos to help New Start High School students

January 11th, 2020 at 1:45 pm Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news | 1 Comment »

As noted in our coverage of last month’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, a popular fundraiser is coming up this week – baked potatoes and tacos for New Start High School‘s Key Club. The Kiwanis Club of White Center is presenting the dinner at the school (614 SW 120th), 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday (January 16th), $20/person, $45/family, $10 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, or email:

billnancytracy (at)
shorewoodscott (at)
cindy.akana (at)

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Spend your MLK Day of Service at Dick Thurnau Park!

January 8th, 2020 at 11:57 pm Posted in How to Help, Parks, White Center news | No Comments »

(Photo by Marie Tweedy)

Monday, January 20th, you doing anything? Right here in White Center, you can do a good deed at a local park! Here’s the announcement:

Come celebrate MLK Day by giving back to your community and improving forests! Not only do healthy forests and parks provide a beautiful green space for people to connect with nature, they filter pollution, prevent erosion when there’s heavy rain, and are a home to wildlife. Our Day of Service focuses on keeping the forest at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park in White Center healthy by removing aggressive weeds and planting native trees and shrubs in their place. So come out and join us!

Please reach out to Sean Walters ( to sign up and for more information. Thank you.

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FOLLOWUP: Southside Pizza robbery suspect charged

January 6th, 2020 at 4:33 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | 3 Comments »

The 27-year-old man arrested in connection with last week’s Southside Pizza robbery, Vernon L. Jackson Jr., is now charged.

We’ve obtained the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office court documents charging Jackson with first-degree robbery. They say that after his arrest in Seatac on Friday, Jackson admitted to the robbery, saying he did it to get money for drugs and that he didn’t expect anyone to be in the restaurant’s office when he broke in.

His criminal history, according to prosecutors, includes convictions for residential burglary and auto theft. The charging documents also reveal how Jackson was identified as a suspect; A pawn-shop employee saw the security video of the robbery and recognized him from a transaction on New Year’s Eve. A bulletin for his arrest was put out on Friday morning, and hours later a deputy saw his car and followed to a gas station, where he made the arrest. Jackson, a Burien resident, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail; his arraignment is set for January 16. (Image: KCSO screengrab from robbery video)

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PHOTOS: Greater Seattle Pigeon Racing Club’s 2020 show in White Center

January 4th, 2020 at 9:43 pm Posted in Pets, White Center news | No Comments »

(WCN photos)

Pigeons – and their people – took over the White Center Eagles‘ HQ for much of today. The occasion: The Greater Seattle Pigeon Racing Club‘s winter show. Honors awaited:

But first, the judging:

As noted on the show flyer, pigeons were judged in nine categories:

You may be more familiar with the term “homing pigeon” than “racing pigeon” – that’s what these birds do. As explained by Sarah Stuteville via a story on The Seattle Globalist, during racing season, the birds are taken to points around the region, and records are kept of how long it takes them to find their way home.

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FOLLOWUP: Southside Pizza robbery suspect arrested

January 3rd, 2020 at 1:15 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | 4 Comments »

1:15 pm: We first reported here Monday night about a robbery at Southside Pizza in downtown White Center. KCSO now says it knows who the robber is and is searching for him, after publishing this security-camera video of the incident:

KCSO said the robber “enters through a back door and heads straight to the office, where an employee was counting cash at closing time … then assaulted the employee while he was trying to grab the bag of money.” If you know where the suspect is:

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 – reference case #C19050197. You can also leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers at – Your information might get you up to a $1000 reward if it leads to the suspect’s arrest.

2:17 PM: KCSO has just announced it’s arrested a 28-year-old man, who will be booked into jail for investigation of robbery. We will track the case.

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SATURDAY: Pigeons @ Eagles

January 2nd, 2020 at 8:44 pm Posted in White Center Eagles, White Center news | No Comments »

Just got this announcement today – public’s welcome:

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REMINDER: No NHUAC meeting this month

January 1st, 2020 at 11:31 pm Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | 1 Comment »

The first Thursday of the month usually brings the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council‘s meeting, but not this month – too close to the holiday. So, as noted in our December meeting coverage, next meeting is the first Thursday in February – 7 pm February 6th.

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CRIME: Pizza shop robbed in downtown White Center

December 30th, 2019 at 10:42 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | No Comments »

Thanks for the tips (we’re at 206-293-6302, text or voice, any time) about a big KCSO search in downtown White Center. Sgt. Ryan Abbott tells WCN that Southside Pizza (at 98th/16th) was robbed. The robber ran away; deputies with a K9 team searched but were unable to find him. Scanner traffic we monitored suggested he didn’t get away with much – $40 was mentioned.

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CHRISTMAS: White Center meal for those in need

December 24th, 2019 at 10:41 pm Posted in Volunteering, White Center news | Comments Off on CHRISTMAS: White Center meal for those in need

The parking lot south of Bartell Drugs in White Center is the site of a volunteer-served meal for those in need every weekend. A special Christmas Day meal is planned Wednesday, served by members of the Jewish and Muslim communities. That’s what we’re told by West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah. They expect to be serving around noon. Plus: “We’ll also distribute gift bags comprised of donated socks, hats, blankets, snacks, hand warmers and the like. The donations were gathered and assembled by the congregations belonging to WIN, Westside Interfaith Network.”

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NORTH HIGHLINE SUBAREA PLAN: New survey, plus another chance for Q&A

December 18th, 2019 at 6:29 pm Posted in King County, White Center news | Comments Off on NORTH HIGHLINE SUBAREA PLAN: New survey, plus another chance for Q&A

The work of mapping North Highline’s future via the Sub-Area Plan continues, and you have another chance to comment via a new survey, plus a chance for face-to-face Q&A. From King County’s point person David Goodman:

A reminder that I will be holding field office hours for the North Highline Subarea Plan tomorrow, Thursday, December 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the White Center Library (1409 SW 107th). Please stop by if you’d like to chat about anything related to the Subarea Plan.

I am also pleased to share that we have opened our Phase 2 Survey, which is available in English and Spanish. The survey asks questions about our draft land use proposals and features a visual guide with pictures of different types of residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. The survey will remain open through the end of January.

You can view the results of our first survey here.

Please visit the North Highline Subarea Plan website for more information.

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FOLLOWUP: Coat/blanket donation drive extended!

December 15th, 2019 at 1:03 pm Posted in How to Help, White Center news | Comments Off on FOLLOWUP: Coat/blanket donation drive extended!

If you didn’t get to Good Day Donuts (9823 15th SW) by 1 pm for Emily Un‘s “Bringing Warmth” caat/blanket collection – good news! The folks at the shop told us they’ll keep a bin throughout the holidays so you can drop off a donation some other day. GDD is open 7 am-2 pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 am-2 pm Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm Sundays.

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White Center’s 2019 community Christmas tree

December 14th, 2019 at 10:22 pm Posted in Holidays, White Center news | 1 Comment »

White Center’s 2019 community Christmas tree is now twinkling over the intersection of 16th/Roxbury/Delridge, after a lighting ceremony tonight. Please accept our apology for publishing what turned out to be the wrong date for the event – the first announcement we received about the tree lighting and Night Market said December 15th, but when we received a second announcement saying “Saturday,” we failed to catch the discrepancy.

P.S. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the return of White Center community Christmas tree lightings – here’s our coverage of the first one back in 2010.

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Why White Center Heights was locked down for a while this morning

December 13th, 2019 at 9:29 pm Posted in Schools, White Center news | Comments Off on Why White Center Heights was locked down for a while this morning

Thanks to the person who forwarded this note sent to families, which answers a question we were asked:

Dear White Center Heights Families,

This morning we were advised to lock exterior doors and keep our students indoors while police conducted an investigation at a vacant house near the school. There was no direct threat to the school, but our district Safety and Security team made this call out of an abundance of caution.

We were advised that the situation was resolved by police shortly after 10:00 a.m.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. We take every report of a threat seriously and respond immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 206-631-5200.


Shajaira Lopez & Marcello Sgambelluri

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White Center Tree Lighting to include tribute to Tommy Martin

December 12th, 2019 at 7:20 pm Posted in Holidays, White Center news | 1 Comment »

(WCN photo from 2018 Tree Lighting)

We told you last week about the White Center Christmas Tree Lighting event coming up Sunday (December 15th). Tonight, we have more information: It’ll start at 5 pm and will include a tribute to Tommy Martin, the local enterpreneur and community advocate who died suddenly earlier this year. The White Center Eagles‘ Christmas carolers will sing, local businesses will provide refreshments, and Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance. And they’ll be collecting food for the White Center Food Bank, so please bring a donation if you can. This will all happen at the mini-park by Mac’s Triangle Pub at Delridge/16th/Roxbury.

SATURDAY NIGHT NOTE: Just discovered that we had wrong info and this happened tonight. Our apologies, and we are sorry to have missed it … off to photograph the tree soon as we can.

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Student’s blanket/coat drive in White Center this Sunday

December 11th, 2019 at 2:53 pm Posted in How to Help, White Center news | Comments Off on Student’s blanket/coat drive in White Center this Sunday

From the YWCA:

Looking for a way to give back to your neighbors in need? Participate in the Bringing Warmth coat and blanket drive on Sunday, December 15 at Good Day Donuts in White Center.

Emily Un, a high school senior in West Seattle, organized the drive because of her mother’s personal connection with homelessness, as well as her hope to give back to people in need of keeping warm during these cold months ahead. “I believe many of us don’t realize how much we have in life and that we can give so much back to the people that need it so much more!” explains Emily.

December 15, 2019 | 10 am – 1 pm
Good Day Donuts | 9823 15th Ave SW

Donations from the drive will benefit YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish and Downtown Emergency Service Center.

The drive’s organizer Emily is a senior at Chief Sealth International High School.

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